Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Nwabueze Ngige has confirmed that the Federal Government will be meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities come next week.
He said this while meeting with the striking National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
Ngige recently paid N100m to purchase the APC Presidential ticket together with the Education Minister.
“If you are from any union, you don’t need to book appointment to see me. The doctors started using that advantage, JOHESU also did the same.
“That is why the Health Sector is quiet. But the education unions don’t take advantage of my open door policy. We don’t have to cry over spilt milk. Let us look at your issues to see the ones we can handle immediately, the ones we can do in the medium term and the ones we can do in the long term.
“There are certain ones that are over and above me that are not in my hands to do. My job is to prepare an agreement after conciliation on what you have agreed with your employers, the Federal Ministry of Education, put timelines and monitor them, to see whether the results will be there,” he said.
He added that, as a conciliator, he managed the unions in measured steps.
“That is why I want to take all of you holistically and I ask for your cooperation. When I finish with you today, I will continue with ASUU next week.
“I have met NASU and SSANU yesterday (Thursday) and they were happy. I want you people to be happy as we leave here,” he said.